|Isn't this such a cute picture of a River Otter?|
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Today i will be doing River Otters, aren't they so cute? River Otters are aquatic animals. They generally live along rivers, but they also live near lakes and streams. They prefer water bordered by woods and wetlands, such as marshes. Otters grab their prey in their mouths. They eat small fish that they catch in the water, holding their food with their forepaws while floating on their backs. When they catch really big fish, they bring them to shore and eat them there. They can stay underwater for up to four minutes, isn't that amazing? When they're underwater they close their ears and nostrils to keep water out. River Otters belong to the weasel, skunk, otter, and badger family. They are usually active at night, while during the day they sun-bathe on rocks. The main threat to River Otters, are water pollution and habitat destruction. They live in burrows along riverbanks, and they usually use abandoned dens made by beavers and other animals. Hope you enjoyed this, thanks for reading! Written by Maya the Cat.